UCSF Professor Says Restricting Carbs The Secret To Youthfulness

Filed under: Study — @ October 27, 2010

There’s a curious dichotomy at work between what is being said about low-carb diets and what the reality is. On the one hand we keep hearing from much of the media and the so-called health “experts” about how low-carb nutrition is just a passing fad, decidedly unhealthy for you, clogs your arteries with all that fat, ruins your kidneys from consuming too much protein, removes whole categories of foods, excludes fruits and vegetables from your diet, will give you cancer because of the red meat consumed, so forth and so on. Meanwhile, studies continue to pour in from the scientific community demonstrating the incredible health BENEFITS of livin’ la vida low-carb, including stunning blood sugar and insulin control, improvements in key heart health markers like HDL and triglycerides, reduced blood pressure, incredible energy and vitality, clear skin and so much more! It’s incredibly odd that there would be two so diametrically opposite viewpoints regarding a discussion of the same way of eating, but it is the reality that befalls the low-carb diet. Thankfully there is real science behind the concept of carbohydrate-restriction that trumps any propaganda and innuendo about it that may come from groups with a vested interest in seeing its demise (cough…vegetarians…cough…vegans…cough!).

That’s why I was delighted to see a column published in the UK-based Daily Mail this week entitled “Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?” highlighting the incredible groundbreaking work of biochemistry and biophysics professor at the University of California San Francisco Cynthia Kenyon, PhD. I first learned about Dr. Kenyon’s fabulous work about a year ago when I blogged about her research feeding worms glucose resulting in a 20 percent reduced lifespan. I’ve attempted to book Dr. Kenyon on my podcast for an interview, but I haven’t had any luck in this regard so far. I’ll keep trying because she is doing a great service to the world openly promoting a reduction in carbohydrates for the sake of longevity and vibrant health.


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